700 animals found in Tenn's largest puppy mill bust - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

700 animals found in Tenn's largest puppy mill bust

Authorities in Hickman County have raided an apparent puppy mill, rescuing nearly 700 dogs and making it the largest puppy mill bust in Tennessee history.

The animals were seized Wednesday from a 92-acre farm called Pine Bluff Kennels near Centerville. No one was arrested.

Officers said dogs were crammed into cages and crates littered with feces and had little or no food and water.

Other animals found on the property include cats, goats and parrots.

Injuries included broken bones, skin conditions and eye injuries. Some animals were found dead.

Veterinarians were assessing the animals' health.

Investigators believe the breeder, Patricia Atkinson, was selling the dogs online.

Atkinson was previously convicted of three counts of animal cruelty, but the conviction was overturned because of an improper search warrant.

A Humane Society spokesperson says they hope for a successful prosecution this time if criminal charges are filed against Atkinson.

Authorities said they were led to the farm by a tip.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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